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Racers and fans team up to get Africa on track

Racers and fans team up to get Africa on track

Racers and fans team up to get Africa on track

Today saw the 13th annual Day of Champions at Donington Park – a unique day designed to support the life-saving work of Riders for Health in Africa. Every year this event gives race fans the chance to see behind the scenes of MotoGP and even follow in the tyre-tracks of their heroes.

The access-all-areas tickets – giving coveted access to the paddock and pit-lane areas – sold out well in advance, and up to 6,000 fans were expected through the gates on the day. Over 200 of these were mounted on two wheels, taking part in the ride-in from Coalville to complete two laps of the track – with former British Superbike Champion Niall Mackenzie leading the way.

The famous faces of the motorcycling world also got involved, with the stars of MotoGP giving up time from their hectic schedules to auction their prized possessions for charity in the day's grand finale, an auction hosted by TV personalities such as Suzi Perry, Steve Parrish, Julian Ryder and Toby Moody.

"Once again this shows just what a big heart the sport of motorcycle racing has," said Riders for Health co-founder and joint chief executive Andrea Coleman. "No other sport has anything to compare with Days of Champions or Riders for Health. We are very grateful, as ever, to all the amazing people in the paddock for all their help and of course to the ever-faithful fans who make the day what it is."

Riders for Health is the official charity of MotoGP and all proceeds from the competition will go to supporting their award-winning African programmes. Riders works to ensure that the vehicles used for the delivery of health services and associated development in Africa are available for the maximum time at the minimum cost, meaning remote communities receive the health care the developed world takes for granted.


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